Veterinary surgeons, nurses and students are being urged to sign up for Vets Now’s 11th emergency and critical care (ECC) UK Annual Congress.

The congress takes place in Harrogate on November 13 and 14 and and offers “cutting edge, challenging, accessible and affordable CPD.

Vets Now head of clinical development Wendy Busby said it would give all veterinary practitioners a great  opportunity to learn more about ECC.

“We spend a lot of time working on our clinical programme, to find the right mix that will create an innovative, accessible and exciting lecture programme,” she said.

“But just getting the mix right on paper isn’t enough, as what happens at the event is incredibly important as well. Obviously the learning is key, but the delegates’ experience of an event and the atmosphere are just as important.

“It’s especially important to us that the learning and content isn’t restrictive at the event, so there are three concurrent lecture streams, all of which are open access; so veterinary surgeon, veterinary nurse or student; you can pick and choose any lecture from more than 40 hours of CPD available.”

Keynote speakers Heather Geddes and David Liss will discuss goal-directed therapy and care bundles in human medical care and protocol-based critical care bundles in the veterinary ICU.

Mr Liss is also the dedicated nursing speaker this year, examining topics such as pain management in the ER, acute pancreatitis and the importance of fluid therapy in critical cases.

Jacques Penderis, a European recognised specialist in veterinary neurology, will give delegates hints and tips for better outcomes in neurology cases and Nick Royle, executive director of RCVS Knowledge, will examine the advantages of using evidence-based medicine within the veterinary profession.

Another issue in sharp focus is the role of the veterinary nurse within the practice. This year’s discussion forum will consider “In the multi-disciplinary team who should do what and why” promoting the use of VNs to deliver excellent patient care while the veterinary surgeon gets on with diagnosis and treatment plans.

The congress will include, for the first time, an abstract session, and vets and vet nurses will be asked to submit abstracts very soon.

This year’s event has a “Carnivale” themed social programme and a substantial exhibition, featuring more than 40 of the industry’s leading suppliers with products and services suitable for those working in general or emergency veterinary practice.

For more information on the congress and to register, visit

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